Cleansing Done Right

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Sometimes, I hate cleansers. I try and try again but inevitably they always end up in a corner of my shower, ignored and lonely. They’re too rich, or too drying, or they smell funny. I never thought I’d find the right one.
(Feeling a bit Goldilocks with this…)
This winter though I stumbled on the best combination of products that make my skin feel glowing and hydrated. The paring up of the rich Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm and the Osmia Organics Gentle Foaming Cleanser is a match made in heaven for me. Boots Cleansing Balm is chocked full of great oils including, olive, jojoba, and sweet almond. I use about a nickel size of the cleansing balm and massage it into my skin and then wipe it away with hot muslin or flannel cloth. On it’s own I like it but it can be a bit heavy on my skin. So I follow it up with a quick cleanse of the lovely OO Gentle Foaming cleanser. It’s a lovely thick gel that when massaged into damp skin creates a slight foam. I just rinse this off and then follow it with any products that I’m using. This nightly cleansing routine has kept my skin calm, hydrated and less prone to it’s normal winter freakout.

What’s your current favorite cleansing routine?

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Things I’m Loving!

So I did a little video on some of the things I’m loving lately. Unfortunately the lighting was wacky as all get out so I ended up making it in black & white. Once my apartment gets more settled I’ll figure out the lighting in the space. I did take a photo of the polish and the rms products so you can get an idea of color. I’ll pop that down below.ThingsImLoving

Osmia Organics Detox Mask

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Can we talk about my December skin for a moment? It decided to flip the heck out on me and not only broke out, but decided it would be great to top things of with some serious dry skin. Flaking and breaking out. Real cool skin, real cool. Thankfully I had this gem in the beauty stash. Osmia Organics Detox Exfoliating Mask* to the rescue! It’s a fantastic multi-tasker that not only helps to purify the skin, but also helps to smooth away those nasty winter flakes.
While this amazing mask already has raw manuka honey powder (seriously didn’t even know you could powder honey), my favorite way to use it is with MORE HONEY! Mix a little of the powder with a dollop of your favorite raw honey and then slather it all over your face. Now wait. Sensitive gals like myself probably only want to leave it on about 15 minutes or so. Rinse it off in soft circular movements to make use of the bamboo charcoal and olive leaf powders exfoliating action. DO NOT SCRUB! Your face isn’t in need of sanding. I promise. After rinsing, pat dry and follow up with your favorite serums.
Post mask my skin felt like it had been professionally polished by a fellow esthetician. Needless to say I’m in love and it really helped get my skin back on track.

*was generously gifted to me by the lovely people at Osmia Organics. All opinions per usual are my own!

“Come As You Are” Beauty Tag

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A few weeks ago Katie from “The Green Product Junkie” tagged me with a “Come As You Are” beauty tag she started. She wanted me right then and there at the inception of tagging to dump out my makeup bag and take a photo. Which I did as soon as I got home from work . Luckily for me this makeup bag of mine had been accumulating various treasures over the previous weeks until it would barely zip! All those goodies you see above were really and truly inside my purse. It’s no wonder I have shoulder pain. So let’s dive in and see what I’ve been hauling around lately.

Traditional Medicinals Pure Peppermint Tea – I always travel with some type of herbal tea. Lately it’s been peppermint.
Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter – Emergency snack.
EATWHATEVER – It’s a mint/supplement combo that seems to really keep me fresh at work after lunch.
Olie Biologique Argan Oil – Travel supply of argan for my dry skin and static laden hair.
Bobby pins and hair ties
Osmia Luster – I talked about this in my recent favorites video. It’s awesome.
La Balmba Rosa by R.L. Linden & Co – Lovely lip balm that smells like springtime.
Jane Iredale Forever Pink, Ilia Karma Chameleon, Ilia Arabian Knights, Tata Harper Beloved – Just a few of my stash of lip colors. I like variety okay. 😉
Altoid Tin – Holds my vitamins.
Vapour Organic Beauty Concealer – I have two in my purse 010 and 020. You never know when you might need emergency concealing.
Tarte Lipsurgence in Joy – My favorite coral. This never really leaves my bag.
Pen!
SW Basics of BK  Cocoa Lip Balm – Another awesome balm. I told you I have a lip product addiction.
La Bella Figura Barcelona Perfume – Amazing citrusy deliciousness .
Glass Nail File
Jane Iredale Brooke Lipstick – The closest I’ve found to replacing my Tarte favorite. Gorgeous coral.
Revolution Organics Freedom Lipgloss – A great red that is moisturizing as well.
Vapour Multi-Use Stain in Impulse – I like that I can use this on cheeks and lips for quick color. It’s a nice pick me up if your blush as disappeared by noon.
North Coast Organics Revolver Deodorant – I never travel without a deodorant. This is a nice spicy/woodsy scent in a convenient twist up stick.

Other than that there’s a little handy mirror and an eyeglass cloth. If you think this is too much stuff, just imagine what I can put in a suitcase!

I tag everyone who hasn’t done this yet! 
=)

What’s a must have for you to carry around during the day? If I had to pick it’d probably be lipstick!

Summer Body Moisturizers

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Moisturizing your limbs in the summertime can be somewhat daunting. Some moisturizers and oils are too light, some are too heavy. This trio of products I’ve found to be “just right” for summer. Moisturizing enough to take care of sun dried limbs but light enough that you don’t feel sticky or tacky throughout the day.

HollyBeth Organics Lemon Lime Shea Butter – This is a 3 ingredient wonder! Shea butter, lemon & lime. That’s it! The texture of this cream is unlike other shea butters I’ve tried. It’s a very smooth texture that sinks into skin nicely. The lemon lime scent is perfectly summer too! It’s definitely peaked my interest about other HolllyBeth products.
Osmia Organics Light Body Oil* – This oil is lovely. The scent is a little citrus, a little green. I like this one before bed as I find it very calming. The oil feels very nourishing on the skin but doesn’t leave a heavy film. My skin drinks it up! I’ve got my eye on a full size of it.
Lina Hanson Global Body Serum* – Serum is a great description of this product. It’s very light and easily absorbed. The scent is gorgeous! If there was a perfume of it I’d be layering these daily. It’s a beautiful blend of grapefruit and vanilla. This one is also on my wishlist!

Using the body oils has been amazing for my skin. I’m a total convert! Do you have any other body oil recommendations?

*Lina Hanson & Osmia Organics samples were provided to me.  All opinions are my own.

July Natural Beauty Favorites!

I’m bringing you another round of green beauty favorites! Check out the video for the scoop. I have links below for your shopping pleasure.
The Tata Harper link is to a lovely online apothecary Eco Diva Beauty; a gorgeous site with great collection of products. I thought I’d share my find for the shop with you as it’s just too pretty not to!
What was one of your favorites for July?

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask
Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Conditioner 
Osmia Organics Light Body Oil*
Lina Hanson Global Body Serum*
Nvey Eco Volumizing Black Mascara
Au Naturale Kissed Bronzer*
Alima Pure Cappuccino Eyeshadow
Alima Pure Glow Eyeshadow
Silk Naturals Brown Sugar Eyeshadow
C408 Chisel Shader Brush
rms beauty Karma 
BeeLuxe Mangosteen and Pineapple Candle

products were provided by the company. the opinions in this video are my own.